1.0 NetStorage Overview

NetStorage for Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11 SP2 provides secure Internet-based access to files and folders on Linux and NetWare servers on your network by using either a browser or Microsoft Web Folders (Microsoft’s implementation of WebDAV). NetStorage authentication relies on the power of NetIQ eDirectory to provide secure access, so Internet-based access is as secure as accessing files from within the network.

Novell NetStorage includes the following benefits:

  • Lets users securely copy, move, rename, delete, read, and write files between any Internet-enabled machine and Linux or NetWare servers on your network.

  • Lets users access archived copies of their files. For more information, see the OES 11 SP2: Novell Archive and Version Services User Guide.

  • Eliminates the need to use a virtual private network (VPN) client to access files.

  • Eliminates the need to e-mail or copy data from one machine to another.

  • Supports Internet standards such as HTTP, HTTPS, HTML, XML, and WebDAV.

  • Supports the use of drive mappings that users are accustomed to when they log in through the Novell Client (see Section 1.2, What Users See When They Access NetStorage).

  • Supports Storage Location objects used to display a specified name for a network directory in the NetStorage directory access list displayed through Microsoft Web Folders or a Web browser (see Storage Location).

With NetStorage installed on one OES 11 SP2 Linux server, users can potentially have access to any Linux or NetWare 5 or later server anywhere on your geographically dispersed network.